Christmas

Letters to the Editor.

Lights lift our spirits on dull rainy nights

Brightly-lit properties longer after Christmas appreciated

 

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Give your Christmas tree back to the wild by leaving it outside: nature conservancy

The trees can be a great benefit to local wildlife

  • Dec 29, 2020

 

Rob Kernachan's editorial cartoon.

Kernachan’s cartoon flashback 2005

This one’s a cut above the others at Christmas

  • Dec 25, 2020

 

Don Bodger column.

Christmas classics in the age of coronavirus

A famous song and reading reworked for COVID-19

Don Bodger column.
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(The Canadian Press)
Shawnigan Lake’s Kim Barnard displays “Happy Campers,” her entry in the 2020 Habitat for Humanity Victoria Gingerbread Showcase. (Submitted)
Shawnigan Lake’s Kim Barnard displays “Happy Campers,” her entry in the 2020 Habitat for Humanity Victoria Gingerbread Showcase. (Submitted)
Merry COVID Christmas from the Grinch, Elf and Frosty the Snowman as they gather at the Maple Lane Cafe. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Merry COVID Christmas

Holiday characters put a brave face on the pandemic

Merry COVID Christmas from the Grinch, Elf and Frosty the Snowman as they gather at the Maple Lane Cafe. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Sparke the Christmas Light’s mysterious backstory has been revealed after the creator Donald Shupe reached out to The News.

Do you remember Sparkle the Christmas Light?

Creator of popular 80s/90s light discusses item’s origin, wants to see it revived

Sparke the Christmas Light’s mysterious backstory has been revealed after the creator Donald Shupe reached out to The News.
Don’t let The Grinch spoil your Christmas this year. (Photo by Don Bodger)

New memories will be made

Christmas during the pandemic won’t be the same

Don’t let The Grinch spoil your Christmas this year. (Photo by Don Bodger)
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Where’s Santa? NORAD is tracking the jolly old man around the globe this Christmas

As with all things, the Santa tracker will look a little different this year

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The Edmilao family, including Apollo and his younger brother, Francis, moved to Canada in the 1970s. (Edmilao family/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Code Name: Big Red – B.C. soldier with NORAD helps Santa get around the globe safely

The annual NORAD Tracks Santa program features a soldier who grew up in Langley

The Edmilao family, including Apollo and his younger brother, Francis, moved to Canada in the 1970s. (Edmilao family/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Community In Bloom’s Christmas presence is everywhere around Chemainus. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Take the Communities In Bloom Christmas quiz

If you know what dioecious means, you’re well on your way to success in these 10 questions

  • Dec 23, 2020
Community In Bloom’s Christmas presence is everywhere around Chemainus. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Brooklyn Puska, left, and Lucy Street are doing their part to stay six feet apart on the ice. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Skaters shine in the spirit of the season

Keep your distance and wear your masks for what’s truly going to be a different holiday season

Brooklyn Puska, left, and Lucy Street are doing their part to stay six feet apart on the ice. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Canada’s chief medical officer Dr. Theresa Tam chats with Santa Claus on Zoom in December 2020. (Twitter)

VIDEO: Santa Claus cleared for arrival in Canada

The jolly old fellow is an essential worker

Canada’s chief medical officer Dr. Theresa Tam chats with Santa Claus on Zoom in December 2020. (Twitter)
Santa flying with BC EHS to visit hospitals around B.C. on Dec. 22, 2020. (BC EHS/Twitter)

Nothing stops Santa from bringing joy to sick children – even with pandemic protocols

Santa sent gifts to Victoria General, Surrey Memorial, Royal Columbian and Nanaimo Regional General Hospital

  • Dec 22, 2020
Santa flying with BC EHS to visit hospitals around B.C. on Dec. 22, 2020. (BC EHS/Twitter)
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In this photo provided by the California Highway Patrol, a man dressed as Santa Claus who was flying on a powered parachute on his way to deliver candy canes to children is seen stuck on power lines in Rio Linda, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. The man was rescued uninjured. The incident happened shortly after the man took off near a school in Rio Linda and then hit and became suspended in power lines, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman told KCRA-TV. (California Highway Patrol via AP)

Man dressed as Santa rescued from power lines in California

Video from the rescue shows the aircraft dangling overhead as Santa sat fastened to the pilot seat

In this photo provided by the California Highway Patrol, a man dressed as Santa Claus who was flying on a powered parachute on his way to deliver candy canes to children is seen stuck on power lines in Rio Linda, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. The man was rescued uninjured. The incident happened shortly after the man took off near a school in Rio Linda and then hit and became suspended in power lines, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman told KCRA-TV. (California Highway Patrol via AP)
Why is Samuel Douglas smiling so much? You would, too, if you just had a visit with Santa. (Photo submitted)

Memorable visit with Santa for boy with Down Syndrome

Face lights up to make Christmas wishes come true

Why is Samuel Douglas smiling so much? You would, too, if you just had a visit with Santa. (Photo submitted)
In this Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020 photo made available by NASA, Saturn, top, and Jupiter, below, are seen after sunset from Shenandoah National Park in Luray, Va. The two planets are drawing closer to each other in the sky as they head towards a “great conjunction” on Monday, Dec. 21, where the two giant planets will appear a tenth of a degree apart. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)

Jupiter and Saturn align in our skies tonight, to form the Great Conjunction

Stargazers typically gather in groups at observatories or with backyard telescopes for such events

  • Dec 21, 2020
In this Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020 photo made available by NASA, Saturn, top, and Jupiter, below, are seen after sunset from Shenandoah National Park in Luray, Va. The two planets are drawing closer to each other in the sky as they head towards a “great conjunction” on Monday, Dec. 21, where the two giant planets will appear a tenth of a degree apart. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)
Santa hanging out at 2952 Severne St. in Chemainus. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Message from the North Pole

Santa wishes to thank all the wonderful people who visited him at…

  • Dec 21, 2020
Santa hanging out at 2952 Severne St. in Chemainus. (Photo by Don Bodger)